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War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Translator)
067003469X
January 19, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
British scholar Briggs unveils his lucid new translation of Tolstoy's masterpiece-the first in almost 40 years-to a slightly anxious audience, from first-timers who, balking at the amount of time required by this massive yet startlingly intricate work, want to ensure they are reading the best translation available, to purists who worry that clunky modern prose will replace the cadences of earlier translations. But these concerns melt away after the first 100 pages of this volume. Briggs's descriptions are crisper and the dialogue is sharper, with fewer "shall's," "shan't's" and "I say!'s" than the Garnett, Maude, or Edmonds translations, leaving readers free to enjoy the rich and complex plot, vivid characters and profound insights into war and the nature of power. There are some awkward spots: Briggs claims his...


War and Peace (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080735
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The most famous—and perhaps greatest—novel of all time, Tolstoy’s War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.


The Way of a Pilgrim
G. P. Fedotov
0486427129
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
"A valuable treasure of Russian spirituality that theologians, philosophers, and laymen will read with pleasure and delight."—The Personalist
"A gold mine indeed"—Commonweal
The story of an anonymous 19th-century peasant's spiritual education, "The Way of a Pilgrim" ranks among the classics of world spirituality. Its appearance here distinguishes this superb anthology—the first such compilation in any language—of spiritual works by Russian writers. Clear, scholarly commentaries introduce the texts, which range from the eleventh century to modern times and derive from the lives of saints, ascetic and mystic treatises, and spiritual autobiographies. All the authors--mystics, prophets, rebels, and saints—belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church, and most occupied...


Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593081774
September 2004
Hardcover
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Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club)
Leo Tolstoy, et al
0143035002
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

Book Description
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against...


Unforgettable Classics
Lidia S. McCarthy
1581124643
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Unforgettable Classics: Russian Reader Intermediate-Advanced, 19th Century is a collection of five great stories and novellas by famous Russian writers of the 19th century – After the Ball by Leo Tolstoy, Anna on the Neck by Anton Chekhov, Bela, a chapter from A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov, Asya by Ivan Turgenev and Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It consists of two parts of intermediate and advanced level. The stories are abridged and arranged by the level of difficulty. Each story is divided into numbered paragraphs with corresponding extensive vocabulary lists in the end of each story. It also contains asides with information about a story and a writer’s biography, as well as asides with relevant cultural information, idioms and useful Russian expressions. Discussion questions in the end of each...


Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080271
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the greatest love stories in world literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was not so much a work of art as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless...


Russian Literature and the Classics
Peter I. Barta
3718606062
May 1996
Paperback
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Review
By focusing on the relationship between Russian literature and classical antiquity, this work admirably fulfills the stated purpose. Arranged chronologically, this volume examines significant junctures in Russian literary history.–Slavic Review

Book Description
Russian Literature and the Classics attempts to fill a gap - to date there has been no book-length, systematic study of the impact of antiquity on Russian literature and culture. While by no means claiming to offer a comprehensive approach, the authors focus on various aspects of the influence which the Classics have had on Russian literature at particularly significant junctures, such as the beginning of the nineteenth century; the age of the great Russian realist novel; the "Silver Age"; Stalin's terror; the...


Russian Stories (Russkie Rasskazy): A Dual-Language Book
Gleb Struve (Editor)
0486262448
February 1, 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
12 superb tales by Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Bunin, other masters. Excellent word-for-word English translations on facing pages. Also teaching and practice aids, Russian-English vocabulary, biographical/critical introductions to each selection, study questions, more. Especially helpful are the stress accents in the Russian text, usually found only in primers.


Classic Russian Cooking
Elena Molokhovets
0253212103
July 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Banned in Molokhovets's native country since the Russian Revolution, this gastronomic standard for pre-Revolutionary upper- and middle-class Russian households has been impressively translated and edited by food historian and Harvard research associate Toomre. Translations of more than 1000 recipes recall foods central to Russian life: cabbage with butter and crumbs, potato pudding, Beef Stroganov, babas , piroq , pashka . Toomre's substantive introduction presents ``not a history of Russian cooking per se, but rather an impressionistic reconstruction of household conditions.'' She charts a range of elements, from the purpose of each of the four or five daily meals and the sleeping conditions of servants to the once privileged status of the potato. Toomre also assesses the influences of foreign peoples, such as...


The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
159308045X
August 2004
Paperback
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The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics)
Mikhail Bulgakov, et al
0141180145
December 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Surely no stranger work exists in the annals of protest literature than The Master and Margarita. Written during the Soviet crackdown of the 1930s, when Mikhail Bulgakov's works were effectively banned, it wraps its anti-Stalinist message in a complex allegory of good and evil. Or would that be the other way around? The book's chief character is Satan, who appears in the guise of a foreigner and self-proclaimed black magician named Woland. Accompanied by a talking black tomcat and a "translator" wearing a jockey's cap and cracked pince-nez, Woland wreaks havoc throughout literary Moscow. First he predicts that the head of noted editor Berlioz will be cut off; when it is, he appropriates Berlioz's apartment. (A puzzled relative receives the following telegram: "Have just been run over by streetcar at Patriarch's Ponds...


The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Konstanfin Mochulski
0553212168
April 1, 1984
Paperback
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Review
“[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art–his last, longest, richest, and most capacious book. [This] scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns us to a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again.” –Washington Post Book World

“A miracle . . . Every page of the new Karamazov is a permanent standard, and an inspiration.” –The Times (London)

“One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky’s original.” –New York Times Book Review

“Absolutely faithful . . . Fulfills in remarkable measure most of the criteria for an ideal translation . . . The...


The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel
Malcolm V. Jones
0521473462
Dec 2002
Hardcover
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Review
'The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel is a provocative and challenging read ... Cambridge University Press has offered once again an excellent thematic study of a tradition that has produced some of the most profound, psychologically insightful, and spiritually challenging texts - those of the classic Russian novelist.' Moscow Tribune

Review
"The 14 essays in this useful guide cover salient thematic, cultural, and ideological features of the 19th- and 20th-century Russian novel and its common ground with the Western novel. For collections supporting studies of Russian literature at the upper-division undergraduate level and above." Choice

"This book is a `real companion' to Slavic scholars, a boon to students of Russian literature, and informative for readers...



The Idiot (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593080581
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.

The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous...


The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel
Malcolm V. Jones
0521479096
Apr 1998
Paperback
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Review
'The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel is a provocative and challenging read ... Cambridge University Press has offered once again an excellent thematic study of a tradition that has produced some of the most profound, psychologically insightful, and spiritually challenging texts - those of the classic Russian novelist.' Moscow Tribune

Review
"The 14 essays in this useful guide cover salient thematic, cultural, and ideological features of the 19th- and 20th-century Russian novel and its common ground with the Western novel. For collections supporting studies of Russian literature at the upper-division undergraduate level and above." Choice

"This book is a `real companion' to Slavic scholars, a boon to students of Russian literature, and informative for readers...



Crime and Punishment (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, et al
0679420290
May 25, 1993
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
Mired in poverty, the student Raskolnikov nevertheless thinks well of himself. Of his pawnbroker he takes a different view, and in deciding to do away with her he sets in motion his own tragic downfall. Dostoyevsky's penetrating novel of an intellectual whose moral compass goes haywire, and the detective who hunts him down for his terrible crime, is a stunning psychological portrait, a thriller and a profound meditation on guilt and retribution.

From Publishers Weekly
An acclaimed new translation of the classic Russian novel. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593083521
August 2005
Hardcover
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Treasury of Classic Russian Love Short Stories
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
0781806011
Dec 1997
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Russian (translation)
Original Language: Russian


Notes From Underground, The Double, and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593080379
September 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Often considered a prologue to Dostoevsky’s brilliant novels, the story “Notes from Underground” introduces one of the great anti-heroes in literature: the underground man, who lives on the fringes of society. In an impassioned, manic monologue this character—plagued by shame, guilt, and alienation—argues that reason is merely a flimsy construction built upon humanity’s essentially irrational core. Internal conflict is also explored in “The Double,” a surreal tale of a government clerk who meets a more unpleasant version of himself and is changed as a result. In addition to these two existential classics, this collection also includes the psychologically probing stories “The Meek One,” “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” and “White...


Heart of a Dog
Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
0802150594
August 1987
Paperback
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Book Review
This early novella from Mikhail Bulgakov, published in 1925, already shows the surreal comic genius that later produced The Master and Margarita, the writer's masterpiece. A kind of Frankenstein parable, Heart of a Dog is the story of a stray dog that gains a human intelligence after a prominent Moscow professor transplants human glands into the unfortunate canine's body. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Nigel Jones, The Independent
"A blanket of silence succeeded in muffling, but never entirely stifled, his voice. An underground reputation persisted. Young people gathered each week on the stairway of his last home in Moscow's Arbat quarter to read from, act out and debate his work. In the West, in the theatre and...


Borzoi - The Russian Wolfhound. Its History, Breeding, Exhibiting and Care (Vintage Dog Books Breed Classic)
Nellie L. Martin
1846640423
Oct 2005
Paperback
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The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky, et al
0374528373
June 14, 2002
Paperback
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Review
"[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art--his last, longest, richest and most capacious book. [This] scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again."--Donald Fanger, Washington Post Book World

"It may well be that Dostoevsky's [world], with all its resourceful energies of life and language, is only now--and through the medium of this translation--beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader." --John Bayley, The New York Review of Books

"Heartily recommended to any reader who wishes to come as close to Dostoevsky's Russian as it is possible."--Joseph Frank, Princeton...


Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Brothers Grimm
1593080565
November 2003
Paperback
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Borzoi - The Russian Wolfhound. Its History, Breeding, Exhibiting and Care (Vintage Dog Books Breed Classic)
Nellie R. Martin
1846640431
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080697
January 2004
Paperback
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The Idiot (Oxford World's Classics)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, et al
0192834118
July 9, 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, justly acclaimed for their translations of such Russian classics as Gogol's Dead Souls and Dostoyevski's The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and Notes from Underground, have now undertaken another major Dostoyevski novel, The Idiot. Their trademark style fresh, crisp and faithful to the original (bumps and blemishes included) brings the story of nave, truth-telling Prince Myshkin to new life. As is true of their other translations of Dostoyevski, this will likely be the definitive edition for years to come. Intro. by Pevear.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
Writing with sweeping grandeur of the pre-Soviet era, Dostoyevsky describes an...


The Idiot (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593083475
January 2005
Hardcover
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Masterpieces of Russian Literature: Queen of Spades and Other Stories, Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories,Cheikash and Other Stories, Overcoat and ... 5 Great short (Dover Thrift Editions) [BOX SET]
Anton Chekhov, et al
0486406652
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Five Great Short Stories by Chekhov, Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground, The Overcoat and Other Short Stories by Gogol, Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades and Other Stories, The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories by Tolstoy, Fathers and Sons by Turgenev, and Gorky’s Chelkash and Other Stories.

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